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Heartsick by Chelsea Cain
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Jan 30, 09

bookshelves: 2009, thriller
Read in January, 2009

I've heard Heartsick billed as the next Silence of the Lambs, and I think that description is deceptive. Gretchen Lowell, the beautiful serial killer that Detective Archie Sheridan visits in prison every Sunday, isn't consulting on the current case he's working on. Gretchen kidnapped and tortured Archie when he was investigating the trail of bodies she was leaving. Now he visits her once a week as she slowly reveals locations of her victims, and also because he's mentally dependent on her in a sick, destructive way.

I wanted to give this book more than three stars, but the problem was that the plotline that revolved around Gretchen and Archie was far more interesting than the current-day serial killer mystery. With regards to the latter, there was no tension, no foreboding, no sense of urgency, and the pacing was all wrong. I spent almost 2/3 of the book dying for a scene where we get to see Archie actually visit Gretchen in prison. I thought it was a shame it came so late.

The resolution to the current-day mystery almost ended up being a total bust - without any spoilers, I thought that it was ridiculously coincidental and almost threw the book against the wall. It's redeemed in the end, luckily.

The synopsis for the sequel, Sweetheart, promises more of a focus on Gretchen, even if it does sound a little far-fetched.
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Patrick yeah really.


Brooke LOL, glad we agree.


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Brad Sounds worth a read on the beach next summer.


Patrick the sequel does have more gretchen, and it is hard to suspend the disbelief, and again the other mystery is lame. but yeah still good for some reason.


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